On a recent business trip to California, I found myself with a spare evening before flying home so I decided to try an Indian restaurant between Mission and Market Streets called Amber India. Large glass windows allowed me to look into a sleek dining room and comfortable lounge so I opted to check it out; preferring the bar over the larger dining room so I could people watch while eating. The people watching proved to be a bust; nobody that interesting despite the bustling lounge but my seat was very comfortable and the service was excellent.
Apparently Amber India has five different locations but this is the only one in San Francisco and as near as I can tell it opened back in 2011. It is conveniently located next to the Four Seasons Hotel in a small promenade that is home to several other restaurants as well. There is a separate bar menu comprised of shared appetizers, but you can order from the main menu that ranges between $16-$19 for vegetarian dishes and $23 – $30 for most of their other plates.
I chose the Tandoori Chicken ($21.95) which comes out hissing and steaming on a black iron skillet. The smell of the meat, seasoning and onions instantly set my mouth watering. The party seated next to me actually paused when the plate was served – such was the noise and heady aroma. I also chose to order their Onion Chilli Kulcha ($7.00); Naan bread stuffed with onions and chilli. This was delicious and the perfect accompaniment to the sauces served with dinner.
I really liked everything about my dining experience at Amber India. The staff was prompt and friendly – answering all my questions about their menu. The food was really delicious – rich with flavor and beautiful in appearance. My only disappointment was after my visit I read a few reviews that made me realize if I’m fortunate enough to return I should try their signature plate, Butter Chicken.
Amber India is located SOMA at 25 Yerba Buena Lane 415-777-0500